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Call for Information: Publication Policy and General Codes of Conduct for Consortia and Mission Teams

22 Jan 2020, 20:00 UTC
Call for Information: Publication Policy and General Codes of Conduct for Consortia and Mission Teams
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By Randall SmithCredit: NASAThe AAS “Ethics Process” task force is pulling together some ‘best practice’ documents for consortia and mission teams in regards to Publication Policy and general Codes of Conduct. In some cases - e.g. Codes of Conduct - there are a number of good examples out there, especially from the Physics world. However, Publication Policies are an area that each group seems to address as ad-hoc; while there are some examples from Physics (e.g. the CERN LHC teams have very detailed policies), those don’t necessarily work for astronomers. The topics that we would expect might be in a publication policy (which might be called a code of conduct, ‘rules of the road’, or a memorandum of understanding) might include: The approval process for a paper to be published (or for a project to be started) based on data from the project.What is the process for someone to be appointed lead for a specific topic?If the data are proprietary, who has access?Do all post-docs and grad students of a team member have access? What about after post-graduation or post-docs who move on?Can relevant outside researchers be involved in specific one-off projects?Who is expected to be listed as co-authors, and ...

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